Treatments for herpes simplex eye infections

Most herpes simplex eye infections get better in a week or two, although they can last longer. Treatment is usually needed to reduce the risk of complications .

The main treatments are:

  • antiviral eye drops or ointment these stop the virus spreading and are usually used several times a day for up to two weeks
  • steroid eye drops these may be used in combination with antiviral drops (under supervision by an ophthalmologist) to reduce inflammation
  • antiviral tablets these are occasionally needed for to treat more severe infections and afterwards to stop them coming back

Make sure you follow the advice you're given and take any prescribed treatment as directed.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018